IT has been a strangely quiet spring on Eigg as the Covid-19 lockdown has seen the island empty of all visitors. While this has been a blow for a community that relies on tourism, islanders have been working together to ensure that the most vulnerable are properly protected and that the island will be ready to welcome visitors once lockdown is over.
The community has been working hard to put in place a resilience plan in case the virus makes it ashore, while Trust work in the tree nursery and the development of An Laimhrig is continuing.
We are being well served by Calmac who are continuing a lifeline service which, key workers apart, consists almost entirely of freight, while Eigg shop has introduced a delivery service for those who are self-isolating or are in quarantine.
April’s sunny weather has been a welcome relief, especially after the wetness of winter and many islanders have been taking advantage of their less busy schedules to get down to some gardening.
It is certainly going to be a strange summer on the island but our priority remains keeping our population safe and secure until such time as we can open up and welcome visitors once more. Dream now, travel later is our message to visitors!